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Aug. 20, 2009
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Food/Beverage Execs Cautiously Optimistic About '10
from Marketing Daily via MediaPost Communications
Food and beverage executives are generally optimistic about their industry's outlook for next year, despite their belief that overall economic recovery is likely to take longer, according to a new survey from KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm. More    E-mail article

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Only Two More GMP Seminars Left for 2009
from the Natural Products Association
Dietary supplement companies-- are you ready for a visit from FDA? The agency promises a significant increase in GMP inspections this year, and if your company has more than 20 employees, you could be targeted. Register today for the Natural Products Association’s advanced course on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) good manufacturing practices (GMPs), offered at Expo East in Boston, Sept. 23-24; and at SupplySide West in Las Vegas, November 10 - 11. Register today, or contact Vicki Whitsitt for more information at (800) 966-6632, ext. 243. More    E-mail article

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Federal Focus

Meeting of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses
from USDA
The Office of the Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, are sponsoring a public meeting on Oct. 8. More    E-mail article

FDA Promises BPA Decision by End of November
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has re-affirmed its pledge to review the latest studies on bisphenol A (BPA) and to issue a statement by the end of November about whether the chemical is safe for use in food and beverage containers. More    E-mail article

California Won't Warn Public about Bisphenol A
from Los Angeles Times
While more than 200 studies have linked bisphenol A to problems ranging from behavioral issues to cancer, products containing the chemical will not carry warning labels, according to a decision made by the California Environmental Protection Agency's Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. More    E-mail article


Tips and Trends

Organics Find Footing on College Campuses
from The Packer
Though it appears to be picking up steam in certain areas or segments of the city, organic produce can hardly be considered to be going gangbusters around here. "There’s a certain clientele that wants it, but not much here," said Marvin McDonald, produce category specialist for William A. Straub. "I don’t know if people aren’t ready for it, or this just isn’t a base where people ask for it." More    E-mail article

Can You Afford to Hire?
from The Wall Street Journal
Many small businesses got lean over the last few months. They scrapped fruitless projects, renegotiated costly contracts, introduced more efficient policies and laid off workers. But after the latest employment report revealed that job losses moderated in July, some owners may be thinking about hiring. More    E-mail article

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Research Watch

Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
from U.S. News & World Report
Vitamins C, E and other antioxidants do not increase the risk for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, a new study found. A recent study had suggested that the risk for melanoma was increased four-fold among women who took supplemental vitamins C and E, beta carotene, selenium and zinc. Because 48 to 55 percent of U.S. adults take vitamin or mineral supplements, the potentially harmful effects of the supplements was alarming. More    E-mail article

Comparison of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F Versus Sulfasalazine in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
from Annals of Internal Medicine
In rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation causes painful, swollen joints. About one of 10 persons with rheumatoid arthritis become disabled from joint destruction. Because rheumatoid arthritis drugs have side effects and do not always completely relieve symptoms, many patients try alternative treatments, such as herbal therapies. More    E-mail article

Food for Life

Going, Going…Green

Study: Spices Might Sub for Pesticides
from UPI
A Canadian study suggests some spices might be a good substitute for the use of pesticides in fighting insects that destroy organic food crops. University of British Columbia researchers said spices such as rosemary, thyme, clove and mint -- the so-called "essential oil pesticides" -- represent a relatively new class of natural insecticides that show promise as being environmentally friendly, posing less risk to human and animal health. More     E-mail article

Mercury-tainted Fish Found Widely in U.S. Streams
from Reuters
Scientists have detected mercury contamination in every one of hundreds of fish sampled from 291 freshwater streams, according to a U.S. government study. More than a quarter of those fish contained concentrations of mercury exceeding levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency for the protection of people who eat average amounts of fish, the U.S. Geological Survey report said. More     E-mail article

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To Your Health

Healthy Eating 'Disorder' on the Rise
An obsession with healthy eating is on the increase, but cutting out of large number of foods, or foods that contain certain ingredients may increase the risk of malnutrition. More    E-mail article

High-Fiber Foods May Be Easier to Stomach This Time Around
from The Wall Street Journal
Food makers are packing more products with high amounts of fiber, and they're betting that new food technology can overcome consumers' traditional distaste for the goods. More    E-mail article

Fill Your Kids with Healthy Foods
from St. Petersburg Times
To make up for your little ones' preferences for cookies over cauliflower, you may be relying on multivitamins and fortified cereals. That way, picky eaters can still get most of the nutrients they need without your having to force-feed them, says Jennifer Collins, a registered dietitian and owner of Leading Lady Fitness in Pompano Beach. More    E-mail article

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